What is it about?

The paper describes how the extent of abuse of frontline service staff can be attenuated by manipulating the nature of the way that information is provided to people about the waiting environment. When information is provided to people in a personal (vs. public) fashion this reduces people's perceptions of crowding and also reduces outsider mistreatment of frontline staff.

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Why is it important?

Abuse and aggression toward frontline staff is a critical problem in service delivery with little evidence for ways in which it can be attenuated. This research suggests a simple and practical way to reduce such abuse.

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This page is a summary of: When the medium massages perceptions: Personal (vs. public) displays of information reduce crowding perceptions and outsider mistreatment of frontline staff., Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, February 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ocp0000310.
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